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    I thought about an 987 but I wanted the updated interior.
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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Quote Originally Posted by Voyager6 View Post
    Just to point out that Porsche made Caymans in 2013 but they were all titled 2014s. My 14 CS was assembled in June 2013. The first launch cars came out in May 2013. That is at the end of the manufacturing year (Porsche usually changes years in August). V6
    Was that true of just Caymans? I see a 2013 981 Boxster for sale near me.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Quote Originally Posted by ddtan View Post
    “There is no 2013 Cayman”
    No wonder I could never find any info on a 2013 Cayman, ha! For all the pages and pages of stuff that has been written about these cars, this is the first time I have seen someone come out and say that, mostly it is just not talked about. I’m not by any means a person who wants to track a car, probably someone whom a car like these is totally wasted on, but I do enjoy fine cars that handle well and are beautiful. So, the question is mostly about reliability, and long term resale, plus yes, do the technological advantages of a 981 make up for some of the performance characteristics of a 987. Also, I heard that the 987s might fit a pair of golf bags tightly, where a 981 won’t.
    Based on your description here, a base 981 would fit your bill except for the 2 golf bags requirement (I like your priorities). You'll get 1 bag in a 981 but not 2, while it's possible to get 2 in a 987. Both are extremely reliable but each have a few minor foibles (who builds a perfect cars?). You say you don't want to track your car, but if there's ever a chance you will track it, you'll want all the HP you can get. Porsches are not like small block Chevys where you can spend $1-2K and unlock 200 extra HP. You can spend $5K+ and only gain 30HP, so you're better off buying an S and getting the 40-50HP gain plus bigger brakes.

    As far as long term resale, an S holds its value better than a base. When I said comparing the 981 to the 987.2 is like digital vs analog, I was referring to a lot of the new gizmos on the 981, like electric steering vs hydraulic. With all the new technology, it becomes more difficult to DIY a 981. More items require the PIWIS tool to complete, which only your friendly neighborhood dealer has (PIWIS is too expensive and a lesser version for indies). So if you're a DIYer, a 987.2 is better.


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    I bought the vehicle from one of the members that posted on this thread "husker boxster"... I could not be more happier with the purchase and the vehicle I got.
    Thanks Tom. So glad you're happy. Tom put a lot of faith in me - he had a PPI done and had me ship the car sight unseen to him. Ruby is a nice car - enjoy her. Here's a pic of her (I'll take it down if you don't want it posted) along with my latest Wheeler Dealer car I have for sale - an 09 Boxster S.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Decisions decisions...

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Quote Originally Posted by danschy View Post
    Was that true of just Caymans? I see a 2013 981 Boxster for sale near me.
    The 2013 Boxster (981) was introduced at the 2012 New York Auto Show and went on sale later that summer as a 2013. For whatever reason, Porsche waited to introduce (or more accurately sell) the 981 Cayman until May 2013. Rather than call it a 2013 or 2013.5 for the few remaining months of the 2013 cycle, they just called it a 2014, thus skipping the 2013 model. Maybe they had an inventory of 2012s they needed to unload before introducing the 981. The previous model generally languishes when a new model is introduced, so maybe they thought they better clear the 2012 inventory. Total speculation on my part about reducing inventory, but they did skip 2013 Caymans. Not unprecedented as Chevy skipped the 1983 model Corvette - they went from 1982 C3 to 1984 C4.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Quote Originally Posted by ddtan View Post
    I’ve searched the recent past but have not found any opinions on this. I want to get a used Cayman, and am not convinced that I “need” the extra hp of an S, but that said, it would be nice. So if the choice came down to say a 2015 or 16, base Cayman or a 12 or 13 987 Cayman S with a few more miles but around the same price, which would you choose? The older with more power or newer with less?
    Pretty much the dilemma I faced. Went with 981 Base and never regretted it and as a bonus, the car was still under warranty which made me feel a bit more confident in the purchase. Also I felt it was a better looking car as well. I'd suggest getting a newer 981.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Oh, as an fwiw, the first time I had my base in the mountains I never felt I needed more HP, the car's abilities far outstripped mine. I scared myself and the car casually replied calm down kid, have fun, I'm in control.

    I have driven a 718S and if it's HP you seek, maybe save a little longer for a used one. Although my base sounds far better, never thought about it much when that thing launched.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Quote Originally Posted by ddtan View Post
    not convinced that I “need” the extra hp of an S
    Of course you don't "need" that extra HP. You also don't "need" a golden sunset or the love of a good woman. But there are things that just make life worth living ...

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Quote Originally Posted by ddtan View Post
    I’ve searched the recent past but have not found any opinions on this. I want to get a used Cayman, and am not convinced that I “need” the extra hp of an S, but that said, it would be nice. So if the choice came down to say a 2015 or 16, base Cayman or a 12 or 13 987 Cayman S with a few more miles but around the same price, which would you choose? The older with more power or newer with less?
    The best advice anyone can give you is to get behind the wheel and figure out which one does it for you. A couple of years ago I decided to upgrade my 06 CS to the new body style of either a '14 or '15. However that was the time that 718 was rolling out while Porsche decided to reconfigure the Boxster/Cayman pricing. What you had was a base 718 which had the performance of the outgoing S model for a new lower price. Since the outgoing S models sold in the mid 80's but the comparable 718 base was in the mid 60's is was worth considering. That option wasn't even on my radaricon screen so I test drove the 718 base and the performance spoke for itself. It only cost me 10k more for a custom ordered 718 than I would have paid for a 3+ year old CS. That was the easiest decision I ever made.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Before I get my 987.2 S PDK, I tried on my friend's 987.1. When I floor the gas, there's no hunch, no push at the back. Just like a Camry's acceleration. I asked my friend "It's a Porsche, IS THAT IT?"
    Then he told me if I would like to feel a Porsche, not just buy it's look, one should ever go for the S, with at least the Sports Chrono option. I have had no regrets getting my 987.2 S PDK with sports chrono. It's not about how fast you would go, it's about experiencing a Porsche.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    Others have covered the differences pretty well, you can't really go wrong with any of them. I don't think the power difference is a big deal, they're all fast (but power is still nice ). For me, the flowing rear fender curves of the 987 win hands down. Porsche keeps making the Cayman look more like the 911, blah. I like the lower tech of the 987, not quite so much electronic stuff. Only real drawback of the older cars is you pay for repairs instead of the warranty, and that can get expensive. But it'll cost less up front so you may come out ahead in the end. Whatever you get, welcome to the club!

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    A quick review of used Caymans available in the US at this time shows a ton of 2014-2016 base Caymans from the high $30k’s to my expected budget of about $45k. Not very many 987.2s at all. And the ones in the mid $40k range have significant miles. Most want more than that. A few 987.1s also with quite high miles at a price I want to afford. So it seems like it will most likely be a low mileage 981, that will be most reasonable for me. Appreciate all the replies.

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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    All the suggestions in this thread are great. I think you have a point to start from. I bought a 14 Cayman new after a year of looking around at used and new 981/987. I would unequivocally say the base is fine for normal street and mountain driving. You can easily get yourself into trouble in many ways. With that said. I would look for the car that fits your needs. What works for you as others have said.

    Quote Originally Posted by CinciOH View Post
    Both 987 and 981 handle well, way past anything you could do on the street and go to jail without killing yourself. At this point, my personal opinion is that you should probably go with 981 Cayman, there is really nothing "base" with the car. Choose your options wisely, though. And be honest to yourself how important some options are to you.

    Good luck!
    Here is a serious run. I have done something similar (safely) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrXF7aNxObE

    What it came down to for me was to have a really excellently engineered car that I could drive daily, and when I can (safely), really push it. There are many cars that can. I just have an infinity for Porsche. Great car. I hope you find something you are really happy with.
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    Re: Newer base Cayman or older S

    What it came down to for me was to have a really excellently engineered car that I could drive daily, and when I can (safely), really push it. There are many cars that can. I just have an affinity for Porsche. Great car. I hope you find something you are really happy with.
    That's the key, something that makes you happy. Driving a Porsche is like using the exact tool for the purpose, it should put a smile on your face when you drive it. In my case, I have a 2008 CS w/ ~75K miles, it's getting a little old and sometimes I think about getting a new one because new cars are always nice. But as nice as the new Caymans are, I don't like them (the looks, the technology, or the price ) MORE than I like what I already have. If you still turn around to look at your car after you leave it, that's a good sign. So while the day may come, I like my 987 the best for now. (BUT, if I needed to get a new one for some reason, I'm sure the latest model would suit me just fine, from everything I've seen and read)

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